I have no idea how many houses I've designed in my life. At least in my mind, or on napkins, things like that. Probably, we all have, right? Moats, drawbridges, trees growing in the living room, you name it. Opening your mind to all the possibilities is a lot of fun.
And you can bet that as we hatched this plan to move to Ridgway and create a homestead, we've been scratching out house ideas on napkins for a while now. Of course, just because you can make a drawing of an idea, doesn't mean that it's even remotely buildable. We soon realized that if we weren't careful, we'd be designing ourselves into some tight spots and painful reappraisals.
Enter Chief Architect. This Texas-based company makes software for budding amateur architects like yours truly, to let our fancy take flight, while they make sure in the background our designs are buildable, practical, would meet applicable codes, etc. At first I balked at the $200 price tag, but in retrospect I can't imagine going through this process any other way. Let's just say, it's nice to live in the computer age!
Our house layout will have roughly 2200 sq feet of living space on two floors, and a 600 sq ft deck. Three bedrooms and two and a half baths, plus an extra study, will allow for some comfortable spaces for guests. The main feature of the house will be a cathedral ceiling great room with a woodstove and a two story picture window wall looking towards Cimarron Range and Uncompahgre Peak.